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The European Open 2009
11th - 15th October , Venue - Lords

French Open Doubles 2009
18th - 25th October , Venue - Bordeaux

French Open Singles 2009
18th - 25th October , Venue - Bordeaux

The British Open Singles 2009
15th November - 24th November , Venue - Queen's Club

The British Open Doubles 2009
15th November - 24th November , Venue - Queen's Club

The IRTPA Championships 2009
21st November - 30th November , Venue - Manchester

The Australian Open Singles 2010
22nd January - 2nd February , Venue - Hobart Real Tennis Club

The US Open Singles 2010
February 22nd - March 2nd , Venue - New York

The US Open Doubles 2010
February 22nd - March 2nd , Venue - New York

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Very good informations Mr.krishnenduray123 :up: will u please write more about COURT TENNIS/REAL TENNIS.
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(10-04-2009, 01:49 PM)mtbhat Wrote: Very good informations Mr.krishnenduray123 :up: will u please write more about COURT TENNIS/REAL TENNIS.
A Profile of Court Tennis

Where is it played?:
Court tennis is played primarily in the US, the United Kingdom, France, and Australia. In France it is called jeu de paume and in Australia it is known as real tennis.
Who can excel at it?:
Court tennis is a great sport for all body types. Height is not a tremendous advantage. The best players are strong in the core of their body, and in their legs and arms.
How fast does the ball move?:
Since the racquet is heavy and tightly strung, and several shots are hit with as much pace as possible, the ball can come off the racquet very quickly, similar to a hard serve in regular tennis (over 120 miles per hour).
How big is the court?:
The playable floor space is about a 96 by 32 foot rectangle, with a net in the middle bisecting the 96 foot-long space. The penthouse roof around three sides of the court defines a larger total playable area (roof and floor) of 110 feet by 39 feet. A court tennis court is a complex, asymmetric room, and exact dimensions do vary from court to court.
Is it an Olympic sport?:
Court tennis was an Olympic sport in 1908. It is no longer an Olympic sport.
Who are some all-time great players?:
Some all-time great male world champions include Clerge (France, 1740’s), Jay Gould (US, 1914), Pierre Etchebaster (France, 1928-1952), Chris Ronaldson (England, 1981-1985), Wayne Davies (Australia, 1987-1993), Rob Fahey (Australia, 1994-2006). Current great women players include Charlotte Cornwallis and Penny Lumley, both of England.
How long does it take to learn?:
Learning court tennis can take a lifetime because of its asymmetry, spins, and complex rules. You can learn the rules and all the major shots in about six months.
How easy is it to start?:
It is easy to start, but sometimes hard to make consistent contact because the balls can bounce irregularly, and the racquet head is quite small. You need court shoes, white tennis clothes, access to a court, a court tennis racquet, and a set of handmade balls to start hitting. To actually play, you also need a partner; ideally, one who has an understanding of the rules.
How much does it cost to begin?:
You can get on court on a trial basis at many of the US courts for free, or for a nominal fee.
How many players and courts are there? :
There are several thousand court tennis players worldwide, and roughly one thousand in the US. There are nine active court tennis locations and ten total courts in the US. Worldwide, there are fewer than 50 courts.

Court Tennis - The Most Complex Racquet Sport
Asymmetry, Half-Played Points, Relative Scoring, and Changing Targets

There is one racquet sport that tops all the others in complexity. It offers much greater mental challenge than squash, racquetball, badminton, tennis, racquets, or platform tennis.

Here are four unique aspects of court tennis that make it so complex:
Asymmetry: The serving end of the court and the receiving end of the court are fundamentally different. This is different than in any other racquet sport commonly played. When on the receiving end of the court, not only do you have to deal with returning the serves, but you must remember that the floor markings and the walls around you are very different than they are on the serving end.
Half-Played Points: In court tennis, when the ball bounces twice, the point isn't usually over. Instead, the point is only half over. You mark where on the court the second bounce occurs, and that location (called 'the chase') is very important later when you play the second half of the point.
In short, some exchanges end not in a point being scored, or in anyone winning the point, or in the point needing to be replayed, but in a half-point being completed. This is different than in squash, racquetball, or badminton where there is no such concept as a half-played point.
Relative Scoring: When the score is announced, the score called first is always that of the player who won the most recent point. In regular (lawn) tennis, you always announce the server's score first. In court tennis, you announce first the score of the player who won the most recent point. So you really need to pay attention, because the announced score is relative to what just happened!
Changing Targets: Unlike in squash, racquetball, and badminton, in court tennis you can hit the ball to the exact same spot on the court during different times of the game or set and get entirely different results. A shot ending up in the exact same spot might be a winner during one exchange, a loser on another exchange, and the first part of a 'half-point' on another exchange. Therefore, your targets need to vary significantly depending on the situation of the particular point.

With these four features, and the hand-made balls that bounce only somewhat truly, the game of court tennis is a marvel of complexity and mental challenge.

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Tournament Results 2009
Super 11's
Winner: Rob Fahey
Finalist: Bryn Sayers

Over 40's British Open 2009
Winner: Peter Wright
Finalist: Hugh Latham

The Schochet Cup 2009
Winner: Rob Fahey
Finalist: Steve Virgona

The World Doubles Championship 2009
Winner: Rob Fahey & Steve Virgona
Finalist: Bryn Sayers & Ricardo Smith

The OUTC Open for 0-9 2009
Winner: Ben Matthews
Finalist: Jon Dawes

The Under 24 Open Singles 2009
Winner: Bryn Sayers
Finalist: Ricardo Smith

The Under 24 Open Doubles 2009
Winner: Bryn Sayers & Ricardo Smith
Finalist: Paul Knox & Tom Weaver

Under 21 Open Championship 2009
Winner: Tom Weaver
Finalist: Robert Hird

The US Open Doubles 2009
Winner: Nick Wood and Camden Riviere
Finalist: Rob Fahey/Steve Virgona

The US Open Singles 2009
Winner: Camden Riviere
Finalist: Steve Virgona

Seacourt Silver Racquet 2009
Winner: Connor Medlow
Finalist: Ben Matthews

Australian Open Singles 2009
Winner: Rob Fahey
Finalist: Ruaraidh Gunn
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Fahey, Rob
Club Unattached
Position at club Touring Professional
Status Professional
World Ranking 1
World Ranking Points 982
World Race Ranking 1
World Race Points 786
Nationality Australian
Left/Right Handed Right
Nickname Bag
Date of Birth 30/04/1968
Basic Certificate Exempted
Player’s Blog view latest entry 02Oct08

Rob is our charismatic and dynamic current World Champion, with enormous power and spectacular athleticism. In the World Challenge in May 2004 he equalled Pierre Etchebaster's record of 6 successful defences of the World Championship. In April 2006 Rob continued his dominance of the game by retaining the World Championship crown in defeating Tim Chisholm in two days of the challenge winning 7/0.
In September 2003 he also became the World Champion Doubles holder, partnered by Steve Virgona, winning in Hobart. In September 2005 he retained this title with Steve Virgona at Fontainebleau. In March 2007 Rob retained this title again partnered by Steve Virgona playing in Boston.
In November 2000, Rob won the "grand slam" (winner of the US, Australian, French and British Opens) - a tremendous achievement!
In November 2001, Rob made history. By winning the British Open he completed the first back to back grand slam. What a fantastic feat - awesome!
By Rob's standards 2003 was a 'lean' year. With no Open title to his name since the Australian Open in 2002. This 'blimp' was rectified with his regaining the British Open title in November 2003.
Following the successful defence of his World Title in Newport in May 2004, Rob went on to retain his US Professional Singles title 2 weeks later. Rob's year has continued from strength to strength; in August 2004 he won the Australian Open title for the 9th time and retained the IRTPA Professional Singles title for the 4th consecutive time.
2005 has saw a good start to the year, Rob won the US Open Singles and Doubles titles (partnered by Ruaraidh Gunn) and has continued by winning The European Open, The Schochet Cup, The Moreton Morrell Centenary. This winning streak came to an abrupt halt at The Australian Open held at Romsey in August 2005 saw Rob lose his Australian title to Steve Virgona. This was followed by a loss in the finals of the Victorian Open to Ruaraidh Gunn. In the 2005 IRTPA Championships where Rob was going for his 5th consecutive win, he retired in the 5th set to Steve Virgona.
2006 has started with mixed results for Rob, he failed to regain the Australian Open title in January but retained the US Open title. Now based up at The Burroughs Club, he is in the World Championship training mode, leading up to the Challenge in April 2006. Again Rob showed his supreme dominance of the sport by retaining his world title winning the required 7 sets of the possible 13 set challenge in two days against Tim Chisholm. Following such an event, it is sometimes difficult to play at such a level so soon afterwards, but Rob in June 2006, has continued at the top level by winning the US Professional Singles for the fourth consecutive year.

2007 again had a mixed start, he failed again to retain the Australian Open title, but repeated his dominance in the US Open by defending his title successfully. From this tournament Rob went to Boston to defend his World Doubles title successfully, again partnered by Steve Virgona. In April he won the Premier Division title of the National League, playing for Cambridge with Neil Roxburgh. This was followed by retaining his title back in the US playing in the Schochet Cup. In September he retained his French Open title for the fourth consecutive year.

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Here Is The King Of Real Tennis

Forget Henry VIII, here is the king of real tennis

A world champion for 15 years, Fahey is chasing his 40th Grand Slam crown

Eat your heart out, Roger Federer. The Swiss may have passed Pete Sampras' all-time record of 14 Grand Slam titles this summer but he is little more than a beginner compared with Rob Fahey. When the 41-year old Australian travels to Bordeaux to play in the French Open later this month he will be looking for his 40th Grand Slam trophy.

World champion since 1994, Fahey is the undisputed king of real tennis, the favoured pastime of many a royal patron, most notably Henry VIII. The forerunner to lawn tennis, real tennis is the fame from which most other racket-and-ball sports are derived. Today only 6,000 people play it in the world, two-thirds of them in Britain, where more than half the planet's 45 real tennis courts are to be found. Australia, the United States and France are the only other countries where it is played.

Fahey is based in Hendon at Middlesex University, which boasts one of the finest real tennis facilities in the world. He was holding court there on Thursday at "The Real Ten", an evening of exhibition matches at which members of the public were invited to try heir hands at a sport which can be traced back to the 12th century.

The Hendon Club is on a membership drive, with one of its goals to shed the impression that it is an elitist sport. Full memberships costs just £300 a year, while court fees are only £12 an hours, which is considerably cheaper than at many indoor lawn tennis centers.

A real tennis court looks similar to its lawn tennis equivalent, with a net draped across the middle, but, as in squash, you can strike the ball against the side and back walls. Much of the art is in working ou where the ball is going to land as it flies off the sloping roofs.

The hand-made balls are much harder than lawn tennis balls and do not bounce as high, while the rackets are considerably heavier. The top players hit with huge power and even he best can suffer painful blows when struck by the ball.

"Because it's played with walls it's a lot harder to know where the ball's going to be," Fahey said. "That's a whole new dimension for lawn tennis players. The rules also mean that you're always being put into situations where you have to decide whether to leave a ball or hit it.

"It's not as confusing as it first sounds, but you certainly need patience to start with. You can get a fair way by using your brain, but at the top level you also have to be a great athlete. There's probably more strength involved than in squash and tennis. You're constantly down low in a bent position, because the ball hardly bounces and the balls and the rackets are heavier."

Compared with lawn tennis, real tennis players have many more choices in terms of which shot to play, which is part of the reason
why a 41-year old is still world champion.

"You might have 10 options on every ball, but you're not going to be good enough to play all 10 to the same standard," Fahey said. "So intellectually, you figure out your own game and keep it as basic as possible. People talk about it as a game of chess, but in the end a lot of it is instinctive. When the ball's coming at you at 150mph you don't have the time to figure out your chess move."

Fahey won his first Grand Slam title in 1993 – the major tournaments mirror those in lawn tennis – and his first world championship the following year. The world champion defends his title every two years against a challenger in a match played over 13 sets and several days. The rules used to state that the challenger had to have won one of the Grand Slam events in the previous two years but had to be changed when Fahey won 10 in succession, meaning nobody had qualified to meet him.

The Australian, who defends his title in Melbourne next year, is one of a handful of players who make a living from the sport, most of them by working as club professionals. A winning cheque for $57,000 (about £36,000) at the 2004 US Open was his biggest pay day.

Fahey, who was a decent lawn tennis player until he discovered real tennis at 18, admits he is finding the physical challenge increasingly tough, but he is still the man to beat.

"Being a walled game is probably the thing that allows you to be a bit older," he said. "The greatest skill of all is knowing where the ball is going to be and being able to move to that point. On a lawn tennis court you just have to cover the distance and an older player like me would obviously be at a disadvantage there. In real tennis I might only have to move a step or two. It's a question of figuring it out and then getting there."
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The Ladies Real Tennis World Singles Rankings

Last Updated: 17th July 2009

Ranking PreviousRanking
1 (1) Charlotte Cornwallis 530
2 (4) Karen Hird 245
3 (7) Frederika Adam 137
4 (5) Claire Vigrass 105
5 (-) Amy Hayball 103
6 (8) Laura Fowler 102
7 (3) Kate Leeming 87
8 (6) Sarah Vigrass 68
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The European Open 2009


4 matches were played today, Sunday.

The results were:

Rob Fahey def Ricardo Smith 6/1 6/4 6/0

Mark Hobbs def Rod McNaughtan 6/4 6/0 6/5

James Willcocks def Paul Knox 6/3 6/5 2/6 6/5

Nick Wood def Marc Seigneur 6/4 6/0 6/5
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